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Jazz: From New Orleans to the new generation (Guardian Shorts Book 7) by [The Guardian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1999 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; 1 edition (18 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NXTXW4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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What a find! These Guardian Shorts are real nuggets and this one on jazz writing from the Guardian and Observer is excellent. Selected short articles and reviews from some the best names in jazz writing from across the decades, including: Benny Green, Dave Gelly, John Fordham and Michael Parkinson.

The guide works on several levels: as a reminder of what good music writing can look like, a useful survey of key jazz recordings and concerts from past times, and the social history of the times. The bite-sized nature of the articles makes it an ideal e-book to tip in and out of, and the price for the download is pretty darned reasonable.

Any Kindle owner/jazz fan would be strongly advised to give this one a go. More like this please!

Review update: having now completed reading and re-reading several of these wonderful articles, I can recommend this Guardian Short on Jazz even more. It brings a real a sense of the music to life, along with the reaction of notable critics to new releases and gigs at the time. Amongst the highlights: Benny Green's scathing review of The Modern Jazz Quartet and a more favourable piece on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue; a retrospective on the ECM label; and some revealing early jazz reviews culled from the Guardian and Observer. A veritable time-capsule of writing, and some of the best stuff you'll read on jazz.
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I cannot report on this book as although amazon assure me that it has been "downloaded successfully"this is not the case as it does not appear on either of my Kindles or my ipad. So not only can I not recommend this book neither can I recommend amazon as it seems impossible to contact anyone to report a fraudulent transaction.
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Some great criticisms & articles from the guardian/observer covering (mainly US) jazz from the 50's to now. Some surprising brickbats along with the fawning praise !
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